A party of fourteen had followed the Wizard eastward over the mountains. Only one returned with Gandalf—the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. Estel watched the Perian with interest as Bilbo moved about Rivendell in the wake of his return. “What is it he’s doing?” the child asked Meliangiloreth.
“He appears to be fascinated with the manner in which we copy and bind books,” she answered him. “And he is ever asking Elrond about matters of the history of the land. It appears he wishes to gift his own people with knowledge of the world outside the borders of the Shire.”